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Second case against Carmichael mine dismissed

AN ENVIRONMENTAL group has called on the Federal Government to review their approval of the Carmichael coal mine after losing a court case.

The Federal Court on Monday dismissed an Australian Conservation Foundation application to overturn the government's approval of the Adani-owned mine.

ACF president Geoff Cousins said the decision was "very disappointing" and did not rule out an appeal.

But Mr Cousins said the new Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg should overturn Carmichael's approval.

"Our hope very much is that Minister Frydenberg would relook at this whole matter. He has recently stated that the health of the Great Barrier Reef is one of the main issues facing him in his new role," Mr Cousins said.

"We believe strongly that he ought to take a fresh look at this."

An Adani spokesman welcomed the court's decision.

"At their core, these challenges have been about stopping investment and jobs as part of a wider activist campaign against mining," the spokesman said.

"A recent report by PwC quantified the cost of these delays as being some $3 billion to the economy and over 1600 jobs annually over the first ten years of the intended projects.

"In local communities, a state and a national economy crying out for growth, this represents a significant cost to the community, not just to Adani."

Queensland Resources Council chief Michael Roche said the ACF's case had been "nonsense".

"This was an inevitable result. What the ACF was wanting the Federeal Court to agree to was equivalent to saying that Saudi Arabia needs to take responsibility for the emissions from Australian motorists using their oil," Mr Roche said.

He said politicians needed to take action to restrict legal action against proposed mines.

But Mr Cousins said the legal challenges were a vital part of Australia's system of checks and balances.

The decision is the second legal challenge to the Carmichael mine to be dismissed in recent weeks. A number of other cases remain. - ARM NEWSDESK

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